Journal History

Revista de la Sociedad Química de México is the official journal of the Mexican Chemical Society, whose current name is Journal of the Mexican Chemical Society. It was created in 1957, one year after the foundation of the Society. In its first editorial, Dr. José Ignacio Bolívar-Goyanes wrote: “When the Society was founded, on 16 of March, 1956, one of the most great yearnings of the colleagues that in that moment joined their efforts to give life to the Society, was to create a journal that might serve as spokesman and banner of the nascent organization, in which could see the light the original communications of all the chemist who investigate in Mexico in their different specialities,…, [that could] serve as a nexus between all the professionals of chemistry in Mexico…” [1]

The journal served during almost four decades as a dissemination means of news of general interest for students and professionals of the chemical sciences in Mexico and abroad. Its different sections included articles, communications, bibliographical comments, reports of the society, among many other issues, playing an important role promoting of the activities related with the chemical sciences. The Revista de la Sociedad Química de México also registered the national and international events organized by the association, particularly publishing the abstracts of the contributions presented at the National Congresses of Chemistry and at the Congresses of Chemical Education. From 1964, Mexican Chemical Society started giving the annual Award Premio Nacional de Química Andrés Manuel del Río [2] and the Revista de la Sociedad Química de México registered the abstracts of the lectures presented by the prize-winning professionals. The editorial activities were coordinated by José Ignacio Bolívar-Goyanes (1924-1982) from 1957 to 1977, and then by Manuel Ulacia-Esteve (1929-1988) from 1977 to 1988. Since then, all the accepted scientific papers were peer reviewed by referees, ensuring standards of quality. During the nineties of the last century, the members of the editorial boards, coordinated by Dr. Elvira Santos-de-Flores (in 1988) and by Dr. Federico García-Jiménez (from 1989 to 1997) promoted the publication of original contributions, reviews, comments, and essays on the history and development of chemistry. In 1999, during the editorial coordination of Dr. Guillermo Delgado-Lamas (from 1997 to 2006) and with the collaboration of a group of colleagues, the scope of the journal was focused exclusively to a scientific journal [3], with the aim that the published contributions, and the Revista itself, gain international recognition. In 2005, the Revista de la Sociedad Química de México was renamed as Journal of the Mexican Chemical Society (JMCS), publishing all the articles in English. In 2006, it was included in the expanded list of scientific journals of the Institute of Scientific Information (Web of Science). During the editorial coordination of Dr. Joaquín Tamariz-Mascarúa (from 2007 to 2011) the journal continued its internationalization and received its first impact factors by the ISI (0.362 for 2009 and 0.680 for 2010) [4]. Following these lines, Dr. Juvencio Robles-García assumed the editorial coordination (2012 and 2013) [5], and from 2014 Dr. Ignacio González-Martínez was appointed as editor [6], continuing the development, consolidation and advancement of the JMCS as a scientific journal.

In this way, both former Revista de la Sociedad Química de México and current Journal of the Mexican Chemical Society have evolved through six decades of life as an independent, socially committed, and non-profit journal, with the aim of evaluating, guarding and promoting an unique own scientific heritage, and devoted to the service of the national and international chemical community [7].

The Journal of the Mexican Chemical Society (JMCS) is a peer-reviewed journal, indexed in international data bases (Scielo, LATINDEX, Web of Science)  including the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and the Sistema de Clasificación de Revistas Mexicanas de Ciencia y Tecnología del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CRMCyT). The language of submission and publication is English. The most recent Impact Factor for the JMCS is 0.722 according to 2015 JCR, released by Thomson Reuters in 2016. The JMCS is an open access, free of charge, journal that is published quarterly, fully supported by the Sociedad Química de México A.C., and CONACYT. Currently, for 2016, the JMCS has an acceptance rate of 20.58%]. The average time between submission and first decision is 67 days and the average time between acceptance and publication is 48 days. 

  1. Bolívar, J. I. Editorial. Rev. Soc. Quím. Méx. 1957, 1, 3-5.
  2. Loyola-Vargas, V. M. El Premio Nacional de Química “Andrés Manuel del Río” 50 años después de haber sido establecido por la Sociedad Química de México. Bol. Soc. Quím. Méx. 2014, 8, 18-22.

3.       Delgado, G. Editorial. Rev. Soc. Quím. Méx. 1998, 42 (2).

4.    Tamariz, J. Editorial. J. Mex. Chem. Soc. 2011, 55, 197.

5.    Robles, J. Editorial. J. Mex. Chem. Soc. 2012, 56, 99.

6.    González, I. Editorial. J. Mex. Chem. Soc. 2014, 58, 1.

7.    Delgado, G. Importancia de una Revista Científica Nacional de Química. 2014, pp 113-124. Capítulo en el libro ¿Hacia donde va la ciencia en México? Ciencia Química. Un análisis para la acción. Juaristi, E.; Rodríguez, O. S., Coordinadores. Conacyt, AMC y CCC. 2014. ISBN Colección Conacyt 978-607-8273-010.